Media Create Sales: 4/21/14 – 4/27/14
posted on 04.30.14 at 09:07 AM EST by (@salromano)
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment tops this week's charts.

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment, Bandai Namco’s newly launched PS Vita title, was the top seller in Japan this week, moving 145,000 copies across the board.

Square Enix’s 3DS rhythm game sequel Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call, also new this week, debuted in second with over 80,000 sales.

The rest of this week’s sales (outside of Yokai Watch, which managed an additional 43,000 units) were generally poor, with new games like BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for PS Vita selling 10,000 copies, or even worse, Nippon Ichi’s If You Thought It Was Harem Paradise It Was Yandere Hell moving 4,000.

On the hardware side, 3DS XL dominates, moving 28,000 units (double last week’s numbers). PS Vita trails in second with 22,000 sales (up 4,000 from last week), and the rest of the hardware stand with the similar numbers to last week.

Next week’s sales chart should prove more favorable. It’s Golden Week right now—one of Japan’s biggest shopping seasons. Shop a lot for games, Japan!

Get the full charts below.

Software Sales (followed by lifetime sales)

  1. [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Bandai Namco, 04/24/14) – 145,029 (New)
  2. [3DS] Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call (Square Enix, 04/24/14) – 80,523 (New)
  3. [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) – 43,136 (798,046)
  4. [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour (Nintendo, 03/20/14) – 15,654 (320,489)
  5. [PS3] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen (Bandai Namco, 04/10/14) – 12,240 (186,396)
  6. [Wii U] Famicom Remix 1+2 (04/24/14) – 11,079 (New)
  7. [PSV] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Arc System Works, 04/24/14) – 10,709 (New)
  8. [PSV] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen (Bandai Namco, 04/10/14) – 8,678 (154,669)
  9. [3DS] Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection (Capcom, 04/17/14) – 6,473 (33,398)
  10. [PS3] Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (Konami, 03/20/14) – 6,444 (204,498)
  11. [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/11/14) – 6,326 (559,903)
  12. [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Pokemon, 10/12/13) – 6,001 (4,040,630)
  13. [3DS] Wagamama Fashion Girls Mode Yokubari Sengen! Tokimeki Up! (Nintendo, 04/17/14) – 5,926 (18,241)
  14. [PS3] Samurai Warriors 4 (Tecmo Koei, 03/20/14) – 5,392 (218,011)
  15. [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn (Square Enix, 04/14/14) – 4,858 (36,185)
  16. [PS3] Monster Hunter Frontier GG Premium Package (Capcom, 04/23/14) – 4,689 (New)
  17. [3DS] Maple Story: Maiden of Fate (Nexon, 04/24/14) – 4,203 (New)
  18. [PS3] If You Thought It Was Harem Paradise It Was Yandere Hell (NIS, 04/24/14) – 4,101 (New)
  19. [PS3] Muv-Luv: Photonflowers (5pb., 04/24/14) – 4,090 (New)
  20. [Wii U] Just Dance Wii U (Nintendo, 04/03/14) – 4,000 (33,394)

Hardware Sales (followed by last week’s sales)

  1. 3DS LL – 27,914 (14,023)
  2. PlayStation Vita – 22,394 (17,905)
  3. PlayStation 4 – 12,712 (14,396)
  4. PlayStation 3 – 6,726 (6,468)
  5. 3DS – 6,073 (5,920)
  6. Wii U – 5,710 (5,204)
  7. PSP – 1,957 (2,094)
  8. PlayStation Vita TV – 1,548 (1,133)
  9. Xbox 360 – 242 (240)

Thanks, 4Gamer.net.

  • The Ash

    Awesome numbers for SAO! Rather funny how some “insiders” said Namco had 150k ltd as a target. They got 145k in FW already. May well be bigger than PSP one.
    Although I feel Sony missed a big chance by not having a SAO limited edition. I believe 3ds boost is because of ff bundle made by Nintendo. I wonder why Sony also doesnt give every major game a bundle like nintendo does. It would help vita a lot in japan.
    A SAO Vita bundle would have seen a big uptick in vita numbers for this week.

  • MrKappa

    Vita doing the best it can but even with a new release like SAO the 3DS will continue to dominate.

    • sherimae1324

      is that really matters? its selling it userbase will only increase overtime, what matters is software do sells for SAO who is exclusive to vita, it does pretty well, sure namdai is pleased ^_^

    • Dede Ogbe

      That’s not the point. At the end of the day the number 1 on software sales is a vita exclusive, and that will encourage third party developers like Bandai to make more exclusive games for it.

      • MyBodyIsReady

        Bandai have been good to the Vita.

        Hoping God Eater 2 burst will be announced soon so we can get news of localisation :P

        • Dede Ogbe

          Bandai has been amazing for the Vita in Japan. The majority of their games on ps3 also comes to Vita as well. Oh man would love a God Eater 2 update. Been holding out on buying it in the odd chance it ever came to the west

    • The Ash

      More like Sony incompetence to release a SAO limited edition bundle and masterstroke by ninty to do one for almost every 3ds game.

  • Elvick

    Small boost for PS Vita TV, interesting. Wonder if the PS4 update had something to do with it?

    • jujubee88

      More than likely.

  • MyBodyIsReady

    Guy on the EU Playstation blog hinted at an upcoming European announcement for Sword Art Online for those interested :) Game looks good.

    Also, Yokai Watch got some legs!

    • Dede Ogbe

      Where??!!

      • MyBodyIsReady

        “Alas, I’ve no news on this one. However Isshak from Namco should be on the blog a bit later this week, so maybe he’ll be able to say something then if you ask nicely ;)”

        I know it’s not confirmation, but surely he would have just ignored it (like they usually do) if there wasn’t anything in the works?

        • Dede Ogbe

          Nice find! Am sure it will come to Europe as well. Fingers crossed we get confirmation this week

  • Renaldi Saputra

    well, hype of 2nd season of the series, and golden week…
    but usually the 2nd week will be -90%

    • tubers

      [PSV] Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment (Bandai Namco, 04/24/14) – 145,029 (New)

      Guess we’re both wrong with SAO:

      “I expect the sales won’t be more than 60k first week”

      (Me:)

      “If it’s as bad as you were trying to make it out to be, I’d imagine 30-40K.”

      http://gematsu.com/2014/03/famitsus-wanted-issue-1321

      • Renaldi Saputra

        well, back then I didn’t expect that this week is golden week, so my bad

        • sherimae1324

          like ive said before, both of you are pessimists so its no surprise for me, hmph >_<

          whats next on ur negative predictions and whatnot? capcom will cancelled mh frontier g and sega will canned PS nova?

          • Pyrofrost

            Hi, I’m not a pessimist! *high five* ^^

            I assume your avatar is you. What game are you holding?

            • sherimae1324

              yes its me, and its p4g my fave vita game ^_^
              well these 2 are also avid vita fans too and been known them for so long specially tubers

              • Pyrofrost

                Persona! *double high five*

                And don’t mind me, I was just being silly and using the pessimism thing as something relevant to strike up a convo with. :p

              • tubers

                Crap sorry! I didn’t meant to be aggressive with the prev. post above. Yeah.. (deleted it).

                I may be a too grounded by the VITA but as you say.. I am an AVID vita fan (not a fanboi) since that’s what I mostly check, visit and participate (boards, forums, etc.).

                Not too excited with the other platforms just yet and prefer gaming on my VITA for more than a year now.. even more than PC (w/c I used to prefer more).

                • sherimae1324

                  i rarely visits n4g now, cuz its the same old articles over and over
                  but still, im so excited for oreshika! and freedom wars too

                  • tubers

                    I’m actually more interested with OreShika 2 since the first one didn’t make it for localization. Also nice to see a Sony 2nd party turn-based rpg.

          • Renaldi Saputra

            not really, I’m not usually being pessimist anw

            • sherimae1324

              good to hear ^_^

      • sherimae1324

        let me guess you the type of person who always says
        “i love to be proven wrong, blah blah blah”

        seriously i dont want to be proven wrong because i dont want to act like a wannabe analysts and said such predictions/comments and almost state it like a fact and in the end will be proven WRONG

        • tubers

          DELETED: Sherimae was just being “playful”. I didn’t detect it.

          We’ve been discussing stuff way back in N4G.

          • sherimae1324

            haha you and jujubee rarely visits n4g now
            well me too!
            im getting my hopes down this coming e3 when it comes to vita
            OMG, ivebecoming a pessimist too?! lol
            its not bad if u have some negative too much positive will make u cry ^_^ lol

            • jujubee88

              Aw man, I miss the good ole day. But I still visit N4G! I just don’t comment. lol

              Five bubble limit since I registered a year or two ago. Yeah, I’d rather talk here. ^_^

              edit: Being pessimistic is good!

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

    Not really surprised by the first two on the list, haha. I am eager to see how the sales are next week though, after Golden Week figures have been calculated. We usually see a nice boost in sales then.

  • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

    Nothing surprises me about this week at all.

  • Kiryu

    SOA on top is not surprising,is what i expected.

  • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

    With Mario Golf in a few days, 3ds sales should be the highest they have been all year. Which is not that high

    • Pyrofrost

      What is that game like, I’ve never touch a Mario Golf game. Do they have a demo on the NA eshop?

      • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

        It is very similar to this sport called golf. Yes, demo is up lol

        • Pyrofrost

          rofl, I figured that silly xD

          I was more or less talking about how it plays and such. I do apologize for wording things poorly though. I’m really tired (just not sleepy).

          • https://twitter.com/Stealth___ Stealth

            plays like hotshots golf.

    • Cazar

      I don’t know, Kirby sold pretty well over there. Is Mario Golf really more popular than Kirby is in Japan?

  • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

    Hmm, well at least the handhelds went up, consoles not as hot. Well VitaTV and WiiU rose a bit ^0^/ Congrats for Sao, next time it does need a Vita Limited edition but I’m hoping it ramps up to the 250k range. Say, whatever happened to Capcom releasing Monster Hunter Frontier G for Vita?

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      No idea. It’s still on track for releasing this year, but haven’t heard anything about it in a while, which is strange. When it comes to news regarding MH, Capcom isn’t one to hold back, so it is odd that they haven’t been talking about it if they do still plan to release it this year.

      • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

        Perhaps SCEJ is going to co-market it but if so, they wouldn’t talk about it until after Freedom Wars is released.

      • tubers

        Maybe they’ll do some hinting/marketing post FW.

        Maybe even announce GG (not just G) on the PSV during TGS 2014.

    • SerendipityX

      PS4 is kinda worse than I expected. They really need some Japanese games to push the hardware.

      • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

        I’m really not worried about PS4, like really. PS4 can expect to see Capcom and Square Enix because it’s the #1 selling console worldwide. I worry more about Vita which hasn’t gotten much support from those two. When Capcom and Square Enix do show up to the party, PS4 will be #1, I’m almost 100% sure it’ll overtake the handhelds.

    • shogunknight

      They would probably can it after this weeks sales of GG on ps3. If they can cancel megaman legends on 3ds before release i wont be suprised they do the same for mohun vita

      • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

        But they should know better, PS3’s a console and it’s on the way out. If they really wanted to grow Frontier they should optimize G some more and prioritize Vita’s release, as it’s a handheld.

        • shogunknight

          I agree, but theres a problem. They seem to ‘not’ know better. I feel like they are trying to have a justifiable reason to switch platforms (to maybe mobile)

          • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

            Ugh thanks for reminding me. I’m this close to declaring Capcom dead to me. Their recent decisions and not giving me what I want is just…well whatever I’m not a stakeholder or anything, just a paying fan that supported them passionately ><;

            • shogunknight

              Right now 3 games im interested in from them for now are
              Ultra SF4
              New resident evil
              Whats next for DMC
              Their recent actions with all other titles of theirs makes me feel less confident about them

              • http://www.psvitadirect.com/ Kurisu Makise

                All I want from Capcom is Resident Evil and Ace Attorney. If I keep getting those, then they continue to have a place in my (heart) wallet.

  • Pyrofrost

    Just gonna leave this here before this thread gets too deep.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      >Just gonna leave this hear

      Anyway, lol, I don’t think discussing X vs Y is a good idea anyway since it can go from civil to anarchy in a matter of seconds. Best to just avoid that altogether, open forum or not, honestly. I had no idea he closed that thread though.

      It must have been after I stopped checking it. Well, new week and a clean slate :p

      • Pyrofrost

        I corrected it, it’s been a long day and night, and into another day with FFXIV xD

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          I’d like to get back into that, especially with the new gun and dagger class coming, but I have no intention of playing it again on PS3. They did a great job with somehow managing to get it to run on the hardware, but beyond that… It’s too unstable. I might get back into it once I have a PS4. Speaking of which… I see that still isn’t doing too well in the charts.

          I mean, I guess it makes sense since more people still have PS3s than PS4s, but it’s just kind of weird to see a FF title selling so poorly, lol.

          • Pyrofrost

            It’s doing well enough on the user end though, and the retention rate seems to be doing good as well.

            The experience has improved beyond comparison moving from the PS3 to the PS4, that’s for sure.

            Also, they’ve basically confirmed the Ninja, Thief, and Samurai classes in the latest story addition via 2.2 (as well as further teasing all the players yearning for a gunner class). So……Please look forward to it ;p

    • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

      Thanks.

  • http://Gematsu.com Vayne

    I still think that the Japanese are angry about something related to their games, should be the hatred of such games have been located.

    • Six

      wat

      • MyBodyIsReady

        I think it’s a riddle

        • Six

          I think he’s trying to say that Japanese sales are low because they are upset that their games are getting localized.

          Or something.

          • Budgiecat

            that…..makes no sense

    • Pyrofrost
  • SerendipityX

    Interesting that SAO didn’t push more Vita units. Youkai Watch makin’
    it rain for Level 5.

    • Renaldi Saputra

      maybe they pushed the sales before the game comes out

      • miyamoto

        Spot on!

  • Pyrofrost

    Don’t start dude; and Stealth, if you read the post I’m replying to mate, please don’t respond to it.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Don’t worry, I’ve already flagged it. I’d advise others do the same.

      • Pyrofrost

        Done and done, I think he’s Gariya (or whatever) anyway. He basically gave himself away a day or two ago again.

    • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

      It’s been deleted.

  • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

    Damn! Those yanderes most really love their fans otherwise more of them would’ve been around to purchase the game.

    • Pyrofrost

      Oh, you changed your ava :o

      And I really hope that game gets localized.

      • http://s932.photobucket.com/ usagi_san

        It definitely will.

        • Pyrofrost

          Yeah, Yanderes are like a sick and twisted fantasy of mine xD

          DON’T JUDGE ME! :p

  • Pyrofrost

    I have to say, I am ecstatic Theatrhythm do as well as it did. I personally can’t wait for that game.

    Though I will be passing on SAO, even when it’s localized. Gimmie some fucking .hack please >_<

  • pixxxelz
    • Pyrofrost

      I will refrain from making any lewd jokes on this.

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Not surprising since SAO has a bigger fanbase than FF rhythm games XD

      • Pyrofrost

        Pretty much, though I get it for the epic compositions, not due to a love of rhythm games (I suck at them) xD

        Speaking of rhythm games, I really hope we get a Tales rhythm game for the 20th anni.
        That would be amazing for me <3

      • pixxxelz

        Really well that explains it then, I always thought theathrythm was huge in Japan for some reason, plus the larger 3ds install base

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          Well, SAO fans are kind of nuts, haha. Plus, we have SAO2 airing soon, so that has to do with it as well. Other than that, I am kind of surprised that they were willing to put their faith in the Vita game since the PSP game sucked pretty bad according to Amazon.jp reviews.

          • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

            They did a great job showcasing all the new features and the trailers were awesome

          • Budgiecat

            still cant top Jojo fans (400k 1st week)

            • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

              Okay? Still can’t top Gundam fans.

              You want to keep going?

  • Arcana Gear

    Good sales for Theatrhythm, cause re releases generally sells much less than the original, even though i’m not very much interested happy for the fans of SAO and woaw, BlazBlue sales were sad….

    • Pyrofrost

      Yeah, consoles and arcades will always be the place for fighting games (even in Japan). Personally, I passed on the console version and I’m getting the Vita version, just for the additional content.

      • Arcana Gear

        beaches scenes FTW! jk, i will buy the PS3 version when college is over cause i lack a Vita XD

  • shogunknight

    Not bad….

    [PS3] If You Thought It Was Harem Paradise It Was Yandere Hell (NIS, 04/24/14) – 4,101 (New)

    Thats really low for a start, handhelds got a boost again which is good. We may see a rise by next week due to Golden week

    • Pyrofrost

      As long as it has the legs to carry it to around 30k, I think that will be well enough not to call it a failure.

    • Darkraiders

      That’s a VN though, often developers of VN are happy with just a few 10k sales.

      • shogunknight

        Oh, i see. That makes sense now

    • DesmaX

      Isn’t that what Visual Novels normally sell there?

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

    Nice start for SAO

  • Eder García

    the 3DS LL did all the job, what happened? a bundle?
    PS4 outselling the PS3 is a good sign, don’t alarm yourselves.
    WiiU in normal numbers.
    SAO is pretty popular in Japan so… not surprised by these numbers.
    good numbers for Famicom Remix and surprised for BlazBlue Vita numbers… idk the price but is cheaper than the PS3 version right? also i heard the resolution is good in the Vita TV

  • SuperLuigi

    Reading the first SAO book while I wait for the game to hit the states! Love the series.

    • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

      Nice, I’m actually reading it right now

    • ConkerBFD

      Are you reading the Yen Press version or a fan translated?

      • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

        Probably the same one I have

        • Zackasaur

          How is the book?

          • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 武神水樹

            I’m really enjoying it, up to chapter 4. It’s nice to see the distinct differences from the anime and it goes into great detail about everything.

  • azureknight

    Dat Vita attach rate

  • Budgiecat

    I wonder if Nintendo still manufactured the Wii and NDS….would they still chart? lol

    • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

      Well yeah. The Wii would be beating the 360 and the NDS would be beating the PSP and probably the Wii U also.

      • Budgiecat

        damn son….beating the Wii U?

        Also I did some quick hypothetical math based on PSP’s average weekly sales and I estimate its at the very least, earning Sony a 4.5 million profit still yearly; (if you divide profits in half)

      • British_Otaku

        There are two reasons why that can’t happen:

        One is fundamental, that they would need games to keep selling. In the case of the DS especially, I’m not even sure whether the DS had a notable game chart in 2013. Pokemon Black and White Version 2 seemed to be the end for the
        system in mid to late 2012. The 3DS was found its feet by then. The Wii’s last major hits were Pikmin 2 New Play Control (charted in anticipation of Pikmin 3) and Dragon Quest X (which did sell over 110K on the Wii in comparison to 70K on the Wii U first week)

        Source: http://www.siliconera.com/2013/08/21/this-week-in-sales-pikmin-2-makes-a-comeback/
        Source: http://gematsu.com/2013/12/media-create-sales-12213-12813

        The second reason is more fundamental, the Wii and DS have hit saturation as far as their sales go. While they would and still do sell better than the Xbox 360 as the Wii outsold the system on the week of DQX’s update with a massive 700 systems sold despite 117,000 copies sold. No one really wants one at this point, especially new when the Wii U (second best selling system that week with 48,762) can serve the same function.

        • https://www.youtube.com/user/GamingHeroTetsuya TetsuyaHikari

          …It was hypothetical. You can relax.

          • British_Otaku

            You know, internet serious business and things.
            If a statement seems serious enough and I assume it isn’t trolling, I tend to challenge it with sources I read already. :P

            The two upvotes were sort of provoking me to present a decent argument as well, whether you were commited to your claim or throwing out an idea.

            I’m usually relaxed when I post unless I can’t find a certain source or it is related to certain topics… >_>

    • sherimae1324

      those 2 are example of a real “dead system” why it would be track? where there are no more games made for it?

      • miyamoto

        PSP is Immortal!
        10 years and still going strong!

    • DrForbidden

      WiiU plays Wii games, while 3DS plays DS games. I don’t seem why they would keep making those consoles.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Ooh, Yandere hell came out. Awesome.

  • miyamoto

    SAO is really popular even here in Canada

  • Renaldi Saputra

    Bamco is doing well recently for PS Vita, GE2’s localization hope might be real